Chandan Vandan Forts Trek Tour

Chandan Vandan Forts Trek Booking

Hostel stay in Mcleodganj @500


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Dharamkot Road

Near Gandhi's Paradise

700 Meters from Main Square

Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh

Absolutely! It seems there is a twin fort complex named Chandan-Vandan forts located in the Satara district of Maharashtra, India. Here's a breakdown of what you need to know:


  • Shilahar Dynasty: The Chandan-Vandan forts are believed to have been built by King Bhoj II of the Shilahar dynasty around 1191-1192 AD.
  • Maratha Control: The forts later came under the control of Shivaji Maharaj in 1673 after they were seized from the Adilshahi of Bijapur. They remained under Maratha rule until 1689, briefly passing into Mughal control before being recaptured.

Trekking Details

  • Difficulty: The trek to Chandan-Vandan forts is considered relatively easy to moderate. There are well-defined paths and a gradual ascent for the most part.
  • Accessibility: The forts are accessible from both Satara city and the hill station of Mahabaleshwar.
  • Time: The trek to both forts can typically be completed within a day.
  • The "Twin" Experience: The experience of visiting these forts often centers on their proximity and the ability to conquer them both during your adventure.

Features of the Forts

Chandan Fort:

  • Still in reasonably good condition.
  • Houses a Shiva temple and small mosque.
  • Offers views of neighboring forts Jarandeshwar, Kalyangad, and Bhavani.

Vandan Fort:

  • More isolated than Chandan, offering a quiet, serene atmosphere.
  • Provides scenic views of the surrounding landscapes.

Travel Tips

  • Best Time to Visit: While accessible year-round, the post-monsoon (October-February) or early summer (March-May) seasons provide the most pleasant weather for trekking.
  • Essentials: Carry plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, a hat, and sturdy footwear.
  • Guided Trek: Consider going with a local guide or experienced group, especially if it's your first time.

Additional Notes

  • The village of Belmachi serves as a common start point for treks to the Chandan-Vandan forts.
  • Due to their rich sugarcane cultivation, the villages surrounding the forts are well connected with roads and transportation.

Let me know if you'd like more specific information on planning your trek to Chandan-Vandan, or details on other historical sites in the surrounding area!